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To put this in perspective, each Btu can heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. There are approximately 632 billion pounds of people on this planet composed mostly of water. If we were to burn all of that energy at once each year, then we could heat every person on the planet by roughly 823 degrees Fahrenheit.
I suggest that we do not do this though, but instead continue to act responsibly when it comes to energy usage. You know, much like locusts act responsibly as they feed.
For what it is worth, I am no better than any other locust. I'm burning energy to create this post. I burn energy to heat my home. My car often has only one person in it, as does my girlfriend's car.
I doubt any of us truly believe that there won't be long-term consequences, if not necessarily for us then for those who come after us. And yet, we do it anyway. The desire to swarm remains high.
Speaking of the desire to swarm, Black Friday is only a few days away. Enjoy the plague!
December 6, 2010
Black Friday's plague
The problem with Black Friday, and all the black days to follow until the Christmas buying spree has run its course, is that it confirms the notion that our economic health depends on a continuously extracting materials from the Earth's diminishing supply. Planetary sustainability is threatened when we shop. Yet retailers depend on it.
EIA: International Energy Statistics